Twenty-eight lighthouses. Some of these, I actually saw more than once. At one lighthouse, my husband and I spent a few weekends one summer doing volunteer restoration work. At another lighthouse, my husband and I got married!! Some lighthouses were seen from the vantage point of a sailboat. My husband and I made a special visit to see one lighthouse at Christmas time. A few offered tours, while others were seen off in the distance from the coast to an island. They are the lighthouses of Washington State. And with these 28 lighthouses, I have completed a Bucket List item of visiting or seeing a vast majority of the lighthouses in Washington State.
At one lighthouse I learned the meaning of the word “pharology” – “one who studies or is interested in lighthouses” – that’s me! At another lighthouse, I walked 10 miles round trip just to see it, twice, once by myself and once with my husband. Two lighthouses were close to the border with Oregon so were seen during a trip of visiting the vast majority of the lighthouses on the Oregon Coast.
Not knowing which order to list them in this blog, I decided to go in alphabetical order. By clicking on each photo, it takes you to the particular blog I wrote about each lighthouse. If I wrote more than one blog about the same lighthouse, I have included two pictures, each with a different link. In other words, there are more than 28 blogs based on the 28 lighthouses.
The first lighthouse above is Admiralty Head on Whidbey Island where I learned a few lighthouse jokes, and about “traveling libraries.” At Alki Point in West Seattle, the second lighthouse above, I took a tour guided by US Coast Guard Auxiliarists. Brown’s Point Lighthouse in Tacoma, in the picture just above, is where I learned that I am a pharologist. Below are two photos from Burrows Island Lighthouse where we volunteered with doing some restoration work.
Continuing on with the 28 lighthouses, this is the pyramidal concrete tower of Bush Point Light on Whidbey Island:
Cape Disappointment is one of two lighthouses we visited near the Oregon border:
Cape Flattery Lighthouse is located on an island at farthest northwesternmost corner of the Continental United States:
Cattle Point Light is located near some good walking trails on San Juan Island:
The lighthouse on Destruction Island can be seen far off in the distance from Ruby Beach along the Olympic Peninsula Coast:
Dofflemeyer Point Light in Olympia is on a private beach but can be viewed from the marina of Boston Harbor:
Ediz Hook has been moved from its original location and is currently in a residential area of Port Angeles:
Gig Harbor Light on the Kitsap Peninsula is only 15 feet tall:
While Grays Harbor in Westport is the tallest lighthouse in Washington State at 107 feet:
Lightship Swiftsure in Seattle is one of the few remaining “floating lighthouses”:
Lime Kiln Lighthouse is located in the 36-acre day-use Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, another place with some good walking trails:
Here is Lime Kiln Lighthouse decorated at Christmas time:
Marrowstone Point near Port Townsend is located along a shoreline quite popular for fishing:
Mukilteo Lighthouse is where my husband and I were married!!:
New Dungeness is the lighthouse I walked 10 miles round trip to see, twice, once solo and once with my husband:
North Head is the second of two lighthouses we visited near the Oregon border:
Patos Island, one of the San Juan Islands, was originally named “Klu-whit-eton” by the Native American tribe, the Lummi:
Point no Point Lighthouse, which is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, is where I wondered, “What is the point of standing at the point of Point No Point Lighthouse?”:
The two keeper’s dwellings at Point Robinson Lighthouse, on Maury Island connected to Vashon Island, are available for weekly rentals:
Point Wilson Lighthouse near Port Townsend and Fort Worden usually offers tours every Saturday from 1-4 from mid-May through mid-September:
The “unusual” Skunk Bay Lighthouse, as seen from the other side of a fence, is currently a private time-share:
The keeper’s quarters of Slip Point, located on the beach of Clallum Bay Spit County Park, looks a lot like the Burrows Island keeper’s quarters:
Smith and Minor Islands is one of eight lighthouses my husband and I saw from the vantage point of a sailboat:
Turn Point Lighthouse located on Stuart Island is part of Stuart Island State Park:
And last but not least, West Point Lighthouse is located below Magnolia Bluff at Discovery Park in Seattle:
I compiled my list of which lighthouses to visit in Washington State from a couple of different sources. First, I have a few posters on my wall at home that list some lighthouses, such as the Souvenir Lighthouse Map and The Great Lighthouse Hunt, both from Washington Lightkeepers Association. I also double checked these posters against lists of lighthouses in Washington State on the Lighthouse Friends website, and on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill website.
The lighthouses that I have not visited (yet) include a few that are along rivers rather than along larger bodies of water, such as the Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean. One lighthouse I have not seen is because it can only be viewed while riding on a ferry. And the Coast Guard Museum in Seattle which displays some lighthouse memorabilia will also require a visit someday. But by and large, with 28, I have completed my bucket list of visiting or seeing a vast majority of the lighthouses in Washington State!
I wonder what state will be next on my Bucket List to see all the lighthouses…?
PS. I have also seen lighthouses on the South West Coast Path in England, along the Camino Finisterre to Muxia in Spain, and in Michigan which I have not written blogs on yet. And finally, a blog on the admirable pioneering Female Lighthouse Keepers.